Artist concept of ESC on K Street between 7th and 8th streets in downtown Sacramento
SACRAMENTO - The Environmental Impact Report on the downtown Sacramento entertainment and sports complex (ESC) was released Monday.
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Here are key findings:
- Police traffic control necessary
- Lane-splitting, road closures, signal re-timing all necessary to ease traffic congestion.
- Worst intersection: 3rd at J Street, especially between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Physical improvements not possible at 3rd and J.
- Delays could be from one and a half minutes to four minutes in the peak a.m. hours; up to 10 minutes before an event.
- Traffic will occasionally spill onto freeway.
- Hope to display real-time updates on Cal Trans highway signs with best travel routes to ESC.
- Twenty percent decrease in miles traveled to arena (compared to Sleep Train Arena) /p>
- Estimated 10 percent of ESC users will use mass-transit or walk
- On-site -parking reduced from 3,700 spaces to 3,418 spaces.
- Construction would generate noise that could interrupt sleep.
- Mitigation: large sound barriers and wraps to protect nearby buildings
- Mitigation: limit loud construction to specific hours during day
- Some noise impacts are "significant and unavoidable".
- Fire will need additional ambulances to meet increased need.
Evidence suggests "the closure of Sleep Train Arena would unlikely materially affect Natomas businesses or result in in any business closures".